SCORE in the News

SCORE Chapter Awards Two Local Entrepreneurs in Business Plan Contest

Wed, 2013-10-23 14:46

Business plan contest recognizes outstanding business plans for start-up or newly formed businesses in Mid-Missouri.


Cupcake Maker Opens Two Shops with Help of Mentor - Hanah Cho

Thu, 2013-10-10 15:44

It can be challenging enough to open one retail shop, let alone two within six months.

But that’s what Antoinette Lafayette did with her business, Pink Frosting Cupcakes in Coppell and Irving. Lafayette felt confident enough to take a risk on a second location so quickly because she was prepared for the opportunity.

“Because I planned so well for it, I had a great chance of succeeding,” she said of starting her new business. “I refused to open the door until I went over everything.”

4 Things Most Successful Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Thu, 2013-10-03 11:08

Starting a business is always risky, and success is never guaranteed. Yet, entrepreneurs thrive every day. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach, successful entrepreneurs seem to share several traits that the rest of the pack lacks.

What's the SCORE: Small Businesses and the Affordable Care Act - Dick Ficke

Wed, 2013-10-02 13:04

There is probably no issue today that is of more interest to small businesses than the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, a great deal of misinformation has been promulgated regarding health care provisions as they apply to small businesses. Trustfully this article will help clarify those provisions.

Q. As a small business, what do I need to know?

Q. What if I'm self-employed?

Q. How do I choose coverage that is right for my business?


A Sharpe Outlook: Best Practices For Success - Angela Sharpe

Fri, 2013-09-27 15:27

SCORE CEO W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr. joins host Angela Sharpe to discuss the changing face of small business in America and how small business owners can utilize a mentor relationship to their benefit.



Here’s One Business Where Dessert Always Comes First

Fri, 2013-09-27 12:30

Entrepreneur Taren Kinebrew has found her ‘sweet spot’ with small, exquisitely decorated and delicious desserts. The owner of Sweet Petit Desserts and winner of a 2012 Bad Girl Ventures $25,000 business loan, Kinebrew is using the money to move from a home-based business in North Avondale to an Over-The-Rhine storefront at 1426 Race St. in October.

The four-year-old company is SCORE’s September Client of the Month.

SCORE-ing Help for New Texas Businesses - Constance Matheny and Bruce Wright

Mon, 2013-09-23 11:37

A life in business doesn’t always end with retirement. In Texas and across the U.S., thousands of successful retired men and women are using the skills and knowledge accrued in their careers to help others get started in the business world.

The Dallas SCORE office, opened in 1965, has 50 volunteers with backgrounds in accounting, finance, marketing, franchising, real estate and social media.

Startups Marry Youth, Experience - Kerry Hannon

Fri, 2013-09-20 12:17

When Nancy Burkhart, 69, graduated in 1966 from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, she “wanted to save the world," she recalled. And today, with the help of her daughter Jessica Arellano, 36, she feels as if she is doing that, in her own way. The two own and operate Earth Safe Finishes, a nontoxic paint and finishes company based in Moorpark, Calif., that they founded in 2007.

SCORE Helped Save Her From 'Business Hell' - Marjorie Young

Wed, 2013-09-18 11:36

"In 1989 when I was living in Nuremberg, West Germany, with my husband and my 2-year-old daughter, I got a phone call from my father from Old Town Alexandria. It took a few seconds and a lot of static before I could hear his voice clearly.

He was distressed about the family-owned business and was wondering if I could fly home to help. It so happened my husband was deploying for the first Gulf War and would be away for over a year, so I decided to pack up and fly back with my daughter and two cats to see what I could do.

Squaw Valley Business Owners Receive Sargent Shriver Award

Tue, 2013-09-17 15:32

Al and Christy Kroell are a story of bravery and commitment to community and the American dream.

The Squaw Valley couple suffered serious injuries in separate accidents that required years of rehabilitation. But they found the courage and ambition to start a business and succeed.

They jump-started a business called ChristyAl Plaques & Engraving with the help of the local Small Business Administration SCORE chapter.


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